Skip to main content

spy camera

It looks like, once again, Planned Parenthood is the target of a hidden-camera, actor-with-fake-questions sting operation. This time, instead of the good old pimps-n-hos routine, it's sex-selective abortion:

According to Planned Parenthood spokesperson Chloe Cooney, clinics in at least 11 states have reported two dozen or more "hoax visits" over the past several weeks, in which a woman walks into a clinic, claims to be pregnant and asks a particular pattern of provocative questions about sex-selective abortions, such as how soon she can find out the gender of the fetus, by what means and whether she can schedule an abortion if she's having a girl.
Subtle! The anti-choice crowd's big new thing is that, in the words of National Right to Life president Carol Tobias, "the real war on women" is that "roughly half" of abortions "are performed on unborn girls." Since roughly half of pregnancies are girls, that makes a general sort of statistical sense, though since the vast, overwhelming majority of abortions are performed long before sex can be determined, it's absolutely beside the point when it comes to a war on women. But that claim is the new shiny toy of the right's attempts to distract us from the very real war on women they're waging, so coming up with a video suggesting that Planned Parenthood staff would advocate specifically aborting girls is just the sort of thing they'd think would be a major victory.  

The best bet is that this sting attempt is the work of Live Action, this sort of thing being that group's raison d'etre. However:

Kate Bryan, a spokesperson for Live Action, would not confirm whether the group was behind the newest Planned Parenthood sting. "As you can understand, Live Action does not comment on any investigations until after public release," she said.
Translation: As you can understand, Live Action will not comment on this until we've established whether our footage will allow us to edit together a sufficiently misleading video. If so, we'll release that sucker far and wide. If not, we'll never admit it was us.

Even though Planned Parenthood has blown the whistle before any misleading videos can be released, and even though the media should have learned by now exactly how full of lies videos from Live Action and other James O'Keefe imitators are, Planned Parenthood needs our help fighting off this kind of attack. Click here to donate to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund on Act Blue.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Abortion and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

maxomai, Thumb, vicki, fcvaguy, acerimusdux, lost, sphealey, Emerson, karlpk, Shockwave, Minnesota Deb, Pescadero Bill, eeff, devtob, JohnDrake, concernedamerican, missLotus, annrose, ginmar, otto, smokem2271, chimpy, itskevin, bwren, oceanview, thea lake, Iberian, NMRed, sockpuppet, DSC on the Plateau, dwahzon, Steven Payne, defluxion10, Catte Nappe, raster44, inclusiveheart, lyvwyr101, vacantlook, Gowrie Gal, Tinfoil Hat, Ckntfld, Tonedevil, democracy inaction, Alice Venturi, kiri, stagemom, reflectionsv37, eru, Ice Blue, Little Lulu, sunbro, coolbreeze, Cory Bantic, Rogneid, xanthippe2, Alan Arizona, Reality Bites Back, martini, Nance, myboo, Themistoclea, Naranjadia, Russgirl, tonyahky, KenBee, dougymi, Wary, Son of a Cat, luckydog, sailmaker, gatorcog, Terminus, JVolvo, ER Doc, middleagedhousewife, bumbi, blueoregon, Statusquomustgo, A Mad Mad World, BeninSC, Loudoun County Dem, gloriana, DvCM, jeanette0605, Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle, joedemocrat, SeaTurtle, Moderation, TexasTwister, TomP, gizmo59, fb, Clio2, kimoconnor, HappyinNM, mamamedusa, Sixty Something, skohayes, lineatus, Its any one guess, mikeconwell, Lujane, NogodsnomastersMary, Gemina13, petulans, oak park progressive, nokkonwud, Karl Rover, dmhlt 66, greengemini, maryabein, papahaha, COwoman, kevinpdx, Larsstephens, Railfan, Amber6541, Renie57, gramofsam1, fidellio, Crabby Abbey, freeport beach PA, DiegoUK, rja, Texnance, ericlewis0, cocinero, petesmom, Kelvin Kean, Onomastic, Mike08, ebbet, Liberal Capitalist, anyname, FarWestGirl, kevin k, Nicci August, NormAl1792, smiley7, marleycat, BarackStarObama, SueM1121, greenkrete, Hayate Yagami, DRo, googie, ChiTownDenny, ParkRanger, drawingporno, No one gets out alive, quill, daysey, OldDragon, Flying Goat, Mindful Nature, IndieGuy, Deep Texan, Horace Boothroyd III, Mike RinRI, radical simplicity, Margd, avsp, Glen The Plumber, Spirit of Life, 4mygirls, peptabysmal, ShoshannaD, Lizabet, blueoldlady, nomandates, koosah, SanFernandoValleyMom, weck, Noctem Aeternus, Aunt Pat, Jollie Ollie Orange, helpImdrowning, Bach50b3, Ms Pris

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site